How to limit screen time

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How to limit screen time

Screen time…. That dreaded new app that apple gave us to remind us all just how much time we spend glued to our phones each day. I bet you were surprised when you realized 4 hours of your day was spent staring at your 5 inch phone screen and not experiencing the real world. If we spend 8 hours on average sleeping, and 4 hours glued to our phones, we are realistically spending half of our 24 hour days away from most of what is important.

Now it is quite impractical to limit your sleep. It would have to be to a degree where it can begin to be counter productive. We all need sleep, it’s just a fact. However, we all don’t need to spend hours on our phone each day. The new screen time app has some features you may not be aware of. You are able to set time limits on those dreaded social media apps you are spending hours each day on. For example, 30 minutes on instagram, 30 minutes on facebook, and 30 minutes on twitter each day would probably instantly cut your screen time usage in half. If this doesn’t work for you, and you just turn these limits off. It may just be beneficial to set your phone in the other room. Realistically how many times do you get a text or call that is life or death each day. Probably close to never. Just set your phone in the other room, or leave it at home from time to time to unwind. When you get back, take note of what you received and 99% of the time, it was not important. That way the next time you leave your phone at home or in the other room, you aren’t constantly worried about missing something important.

We all need to take notice on how much time we are spending on our phones. It’s an important issue. Begin to take the steps to limit the time on your phone and I promise the benefits you will notice will be amazing.


3 Comments

Will Johnson

Will Johnson

February 12, 2019at 11:56 am

I don’t have the screen time app on my phone, but have noticed the new Instagram screen time function that pops up when you pass a certain amount of time. This feature is incredibly depressing! But what you’re saying is totally correct – it helps show that we are sucking a massive amount of our lives into meaningless apps looking at people that don’t even matter to us. I have it set to alarm me every time I pass 30 minutes on Instagram and that happens almost every day! I do use it while I’m in line or walking to class, etc, but still – the fact it shows up every day is an instant buzzkill when I know I could have used that time to watch, say, a classic movie and actually gotten a great experience rather than just looking at some models or someone’s story of them at a concert or watching some show I don’t care about.

Will MacLane

Will MacLane

February 12, 2019at 1:14 pm

That’s so awesome that you can set limits for screen time on your phone! I’ve been really trying to get away from my phone after seeing these notifications, so this will definitely be super helpful. Thanks for the advice!

Quin Clarke

Quin Clarke

February 12, 2019at 3:01 pm

Really interesting post! This is something I’m working on currently. I took the approach of removing social media from my phone. While that’s maybe too much for some, it does force me to go to my laptop if I want to surf through that type of stuff, and it seems like there’s always a higher level of productivity involved when I’m on my laptop instead of my phone. I really like the idea of the time limits for individual apps too, and I think the adjustment to those time limits wouldn’t be too difficult. Thanks for posting.

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